“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”
~ attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
This is one of my favorite quotes, and a lofty goal at best. The gist, as I interpret it, is that we speak constantly, regardless of whether or not we open our mouths. Those that profess to be Christians are held to, and often fail to uphold, the higher standard of He whose name we bear.
But the essence of this sentiment applies just as easily to any interaction of life.
Just the other day, as we were wrapping up the day at the book store, one of our employees asked when we might be finished so she could call her boyfriend to come pick her up. I told her we were fairly close and just give him a call now. She hesitated.
“What’s up?” I asked.